Meet Jocelyn Ramirez, 2022 Undergraduate Dean’s Medalist Nominee

Jocelyn sits in front of a Fresno State sign on campus. She is wearing a denim dress and her graduation attire.

Jocelyn Ramirez is one of the nominees for the Undergraduate Dean’s Medal for the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. She is graduating with a degree in psychology.

“When I was doing research on majors, psychology stood out the most to me, because there’s a possibility to help people,” Ramirez said.

Originally from Tulare, Ramirez is the first in her family to attend college.

“Regardless of the obstacles I’ve had to overcome, I have learned how to use my resources efficiently with the help of my advisors and the TRIO program,” Ramirez said. “With the support I have received, I have been able to maintain good standing with the university every semester. I have also been on the dean’s and president’s lists for four consecutive semesters.”

Ramirez’s experience in the TRIO program was integral to her journey as a student. Originally, Ramirez thought she wanted to study and have a career in forensic psychology, but after positive interactions with her TRIO advisors, she decided she wanted to work in school counseling.

To gain experience working with students, Ramirez has served as a student assistant with the TRIO program. She has also volunteered as a peer mentor with the Mentorship Alliance for Student Success Program, which assists first-year STEM students in Fresno State’s BOND program. Ramirez also volunteers with the Mentoring and Peer Support Program, where she is a mentor to students with disabilities.

“Recently, I’ve started volunteering with the Bulldog Global program, in which I am partnered with international students and my job is to empower them to succeed while also cultivating global experiences in a learning community.”

This fall, Ramirez will begin her Master’s program at Fresno State, studying student affairs and college counseling.

“Hopefully I set a good example for my younger sisters…and further in the future, I see myself helping students achieve what they thought they couldn’t have achieved.”


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